I have always been a big fan of Newt Gingrich, and would have happily supported him had he chosen to run for the presidency last year. However his support for the RINO* New York Congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava is inexcusable.
“I endorsed the Republican who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, opposes the Obama health plan, signed the ‘no-tax-increase’ pledge, and supports a comprehensive energy plan like I do,” says Gingrich.
Third-party candidates like conservative Doug Hoffman, Scozzafava’s challenger, often serve only to divide the GOP, says Gingrich. “Just look at what’s happening in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race,” he says, pointing to the campaign of independent candidate Chris Daggett, who has siphoned support from Republican candidate Chris Christie. “What’s happening in New York and in New Jersey should be a sober warning to every purist in this country.”
“If you seek to be a perfect minority, you’ll remain a minority,” says Gingrich.
While he was busy praising Scozzafava he failed to mention other great qualities – like lying about reporters after you call the cops on them for simply asking you questions. Oh, and who can forget her pro-choice, anti-traditional marriage, ACORN-friendly bina fides? Yeah, some standard bearer you’re sucking up to there, Newt. Perhaps you were too busy cozying up to Al Sharpton and Nancy Pelosi to notice, but Scozzafava offers nothing to conservative Republicans, and considering this is one of the safest districts in the state for the GOP, there was no political utility in nominating such a left-leaning candidate.
A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
Newt looks awful here, and he’s going to look even worse when Scozzafava goes down in flames.
* I’ve never really liked the term, but this is one case where it most certainly applies.